2019

Kerry D’Agostino

KERRY D'AGOSTINO

Kerry D’Agostino is a literary agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Bowdoin College, her masters in Art in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her certificate in publishing from the Columbia Journalism School. She started at Curtis Brown in 2011 as assistant to Tim Knowlton and Holly Frederick in the Film and Television Department. After some time as a film and audio rights associate, she also began assisting Peter Ginsberg. In addition to her continued work with Peter, Kerry now represents authors of literary and commercial fiction, and select narrative nonfiction. She is particularly interested in work that is voice driven, accessible, and authentic. Above all, she is drawn to work that either introduces her to someone, somewhere, or something new, or makes her see something old in a new way. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Literary fiction
Upmarket women's fiction
Speculative fiction

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Whiskey & Ribbons, Leesa Cross-Smith
Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones, Micah Dean Hicks
Silver Girl, Leslie Pietrzyk

Specializes In

FICTION: Family Saga, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Short Story Collections, Upmarket Women's Fiction

Considers

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, GLBT, Horror, Humor/Satire, Thrillers/Suspense, Young Adult

Posted by GrubStreet in Literary Agent

Jamie Carr

JAMIE CARR

Jamie Carr joined The Book Group in January 2020 as an agent. Prior, she worked in the literary department of William Morris Endeavor for almost six years where she championed New York Times bestsellers, award winning titles, and groundbreaking debuts. Born and raised in Lower Manhattan, she has an MFA in fiction writing and began her career in the books department of Tin House.

Jamie represents novelists, short story writers, journalists, activists, and food and culture writers. Most interested in adult literary and upmarket commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction, she is drawn to writing that is voice-driven, highly transporting, from unique perspectives and marginalized voices, and that seeks to disrupt or reframe what appears to be known.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Novelists, activists, culture and food writers. Looking for boundary breaking literary fiction and upmarket women's fiction. And in nonfiction, journalists and culture writers. Especially looking for writing that is voice-driven, highly transporting, from unique perspectives and marginalized voices.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Sophia Shalmiyev
Tracy Clark-Flory
Melissa Larsen

Specializes In

FICTION: Chick Lit, Commercial Fiction, Family Saga, GLBT, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Thrillers/Suspense, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, GLBT, Multi-Cultural, Music, Narrative, Politics, Pop Culture, Women's Concerns

Considers

FICTION: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction, Short Story Collections

NONFICTION: Dating/Relationships, Food & Lifestyle, Investigative Journalism, Memoir, Nature/Ecology, Psychology, Women's Concerns

Posted by GrubStreet in Literary Agent

Hattie Fletcher

HATTIE FLETCHER

Hattie Fletcher has been the managing editor of Creative Nonfiction magazine since 2005 and is the editor of the monthly mini-magazine True Story. Essays she has edited have been reprinted in The Best American Essays, The Best American Travel Writing, and The Best Women’s Travel Writing and have been awarded the Pushcart Prize. She has also worked on books covering such topics as end-of-life care, personalized medicine, education, mental health, and parenting. She was a coordinating editor for the Best Creative Nonfiction series, published by W.W. Norton, and is co-editor, with Lee Gutkind, of True Stories, Well Told from the first 20 years of Creative Nonfiction magazine (In Fact Books, 2014).

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Creative Nonfiction publishes original essays of up to 4,000 words as well as craft and criticism. Each issue of the magazine is organized around a theme, announced well in advance. Submission guidelines at creativenonfiction.org/submissions

True Story features new longform (5,000 - 10,000 word) narratives.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

"Wait Times", Joe Fassler (excerpted in the Atlantic as "How Doctors Take Women's Pain Less Seriously")
Toi Derricotte
Beth Ann Fennelly

WHAT MY MAGAZINES ARE LOOKING FOR

Creative Nonfiction and True Story both favor narrative, as well as subjects that aren't traditionally seen as "literary"—we're interested in the use of narrative to communicate expertise and experience. We also favor nuance and detail, offering a generally immersive and in-depth experience for readers.

Posted by GrubStreet in Literary Magazine Editor

Ashley Lopez

ASHLEY LOPEZ

Ashley Lopez joined the Waxman Literary Agency in 2015. She received her MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College and is a founder and the Managing Editor of Pigeon Pages Literary Journal. Ashley is looking for literary and young adult fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, and cultural criticism. Most importantly she seeks authors with a strong point of view and an eye for language.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

-Literary Fiction
-Upmarket Women's Fiction
-Young Adult Fiction w/ crossover potential
-Narrative Nonfiction
-Cultural Criticism
-Memoir

Specializes In

FICTION: Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, GLBT, Investigative Journalism, Memoir, Narrative, Pop Culture, Women's Concerns

Considers

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Family Saga, GLBT, Graphic Novels, Short Story Collections, Upmarket Women's Fiction, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Dating/Relationships, Food & Lifestyle, Gift Books, History, Multi-Cultural, Music, Nature/Ecology, Parenting, Politics, Psychology, Science, Self-Help, Travel, True Crime

Posted by GrubStreet in Literary Agent

Emi Ikkanda

EMI IKKANDA

Emi Ikkanda is the Senior Editor at Seal Press, an imprint at Basic Books / Hachette. She previously worked at Spiegel & Grau / Penguin Random House and at Henry Holt & Company / Macmillan. She acquires books on current and global affairs, social justice, race, feminism, history, space, tech, and science; including memoirs that humanize larger social or global issues.

Recent standout titles on her list include Ellen Pao’s memoir of her Silicon Valley gender discrimination case, Reset, which is soon to be a Shonda Rhimes Netflix show; Carla Power’s yearlong journey through the Quran, If the Oceans Were Ink, which became a Pulitzer and National Book Award finalist; and Julia Angwin’s New York Times bestseller about online surveillance, Dragnet Nation.

Emi has worked with many industry organizations on diversity initiatives, including the Association of American Publishers, People of Color in Publishing, Representation Matters, and the Women’s Media Group. She also regularly speaks on diversity panels, most recently at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference and the Brooklyn Book Festival.

Before joining the book world, Emi studied abroad at the American University of Paris, graduated from the University of California Berkeley, and earned her master’s at King’s College London, University of London.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

I acquire books on current and global affairs, social justice, race, feminism, history, space, tech, and science; including memoirs that humanizes larger social or global issues.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Undocumented America, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
Reset, Ellen Pao
If the Oceans Were Ink, Carla Power

Specializes In

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, GLBT, History, Investigative Journalism, Medical, Memoir, Men's Concerns, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Science, Technology, Travel, Women's Concerns

Considers

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, Dating/Relationships, Humor, Music, Parenting, Pop Culture

Posted by GrubStreet in Editor

Michelle Tessler

MICHELLE TESSLER

Michelle Tessler represents a select number of best-selling and emerging authors in both fiction and non-fiction. Clients include accomplished journalists, scientists, academics, experts in their field, as well as novelists and debut authors with unique voices and stories to tell. She values fresh, original writing that has a compelling point of view.

She has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. Before forming her boutique agency in 2004, Michelle worked at the William Morris Agency and the prestigious literary agency Carlisle & Company (now Inkwell Management). She represents, among others, Seth Casteel (Underwater Dogs); Paul Collins (Murder of the Century), Frans de Waal (The Bonobo and The Atheist, Our Inner Ape); Leanne Ely (Saving Dinner); Mira Jacob (The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing); Amy Stewart (The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Plants); Amanda Eyre Ward (The Jetsetters, How to Be Lost); David Sloan Wilson (The Neighborhood Project, Evolution for Everyone). She is a member of the Association of Author’s Representatives and Women’s Media Group.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Literary Fiction, Narrative non-fiction

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Salt Houses, Hala Alyan
The Jetsetters and The Sober Lush, Amanda Eyre Ward
Good Talk and The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing, Mira Jacob

Specializes In

FICTION: Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION:  Adventure/True Story, Cultural/Social Issues, Gift Books, History, Investigative Journalism, Medical, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Psychology, Science, Women's Concerns

Considers

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction

NONFICTION: Current Events, Dating/Relationships, Food & Lifestyle, GLBT, Health & Fitness, Humor, Men's Concerns, Military/War, Parenting, Pets, Politics, Pop Culture, Religion, Self-Help, Spirituality, Technology, Travel

Posted by GrubStreet in Literary Agent

Serene Hakim

SERENE HAKIM

Prior to joining Ayesha Pande Literary in 2015, Serene Hakim worked at Laura Gross Literary Agency in Boston.  Serene holds an M.A. in French to English translation from NYU and a B.A. in French and Women’s Studies from the University of Kansas. Born to Lebanese immigrants in the Midwest, she grew up straddling cultures and languages and still feels like a third culture kid. Serene loves to read a variety of genres but is particularly drawn to fiction with strong female voices, both YA and adult fiction and non-fiction with international themes, and LGBTQ and feminist issues. She is always on the lookout for great YA sci-fi and fantasy, realistic YA, and anything that gives voice to those whose voices are underrepresented and/or marginalized. She is especially interested in stories dealing with the Middle East and the variety of immigrant experiences out there. Specifically, she’s looking for writing that explores the different meanings of identity, home, family and parenthood/motherhood. When she's not reading, she can usually be found trying a new recipe while simultaneously balancing a toddler on her hip.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Literary fiction or narrative nonfiction that explores family, identity, grief, and/or current social issues; YA or MG in a range of genres but that are fun, heartwarming, hopeful

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Kristen Arnett
Kaela Rivera
Jean Chen Ho

SPECIALIZES IN

FICTION: Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Short Story Collections, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Narrative

 

CONSIDERS

FICTION: Chick Lit, Commercial Fiction, GLBT, Middle Grade, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Dating/Relationships, Pop Culture, Women's Concerns

Posted by GrubStreet in Literary Agent

DongWon Song

DONGWON SONG

DongWon Song is an agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency representing science fiction and fantasy for adults, young adult, and middle grade readers as well as select non-fiction. They were formerly an editor at Orbit, a product manager for an ebook startup, and they have been an adjunct instructor with Portland State University and New York University.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Speculative fiction for adults, young adults, and middle grade audiences.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Anger is a Gift, Mark Oshiro
The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch
Alyssa Wong

SPECIALIZES IN

FICTION: Children's, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Middle Grade, Multi-Cultural, Science Fiction, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Food & Lifestyle, Multi-Cultural

CONSIDERS

FICTION: Horror

NONFICTION: Investigative Journalism, Juvenile, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Science

Posted by GrubStreet in Literary Agent

Katie Raissian

KATIE RAISSIAN

Katie Raissian is an editor at Grove Atlantic, where she edits literary fiction and nonfiction. She is also editor and publisher of Stonecutter, a print magazine of art and literature which focuses on publishing international writers and artists alongside US-based ones. Stonecutter has featured work by John Ashbery, Cathy Linh Che, Mark O’Connell, Renee Gladman, Ricardo Piglia, Nicole Sealey, Newsha Tavakolian, Sara Baume, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Lydia Kiesling, and Sally Rooney, to name but a few. Now residing in Queens, Katie is originally from Cork, Ireland.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Why We Can't Sleep, Ada Calhoun
The Parisian, Isabella Hammad
The Far Field, Madhuri Vijay

Specializes In

FICTION: Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Short Story Collections

NONFICTION: Memoir, Psychology, True Crime

Considers

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Family Saga, GLBT, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Humor/Satire, Science Fiction, Thrillers/Suspense, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, GLBT, Multi Cultural, Music, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Parenting, Politics, Pop Culture, Science, Technology, Women's Concerns

MORE INFO COMING SOON!

Posted by GrubStreet in Editor

Lucy Cleland

LUCY CLELAND

Lucy V. Cleland is a literary agent and dramatic rights manager at Kneerim & Williams, where she works with both new and established authors on a range of projects from groundbreaking “big idea” nonfiction to upmarket fiction and select YA/children’s titles. A Southern transplant to Boston, Lucy graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College where she studied English and studio art. Lucy enjoys beautifully written stories that surprise her and loves working with authors whose passion for their subject is contagious. She represents unconventional social and cultural history, literary narrative nonfiction and memoir with a contemporary slant. She’s looking for select novels with rich, distinctive atmosphere and a powerful plot engine that keeps her turning pages. In YA, she’s drawn to a smile-worthy hook, quick banter, and rebellious protagonists who push boundaries and grapple with tough questions, in our world or another. She also represents select quirky children’s nonfiction that nourishes curiosity. Across the board, she is actively seeking underrepresented voices.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Unique narrative nonfiction, history, social science, and contemporary memoir with a strong voice and hook. Upmarket fiction, also open to mystery and historical. Contemporary YA, grounded YA science fiction and fantasy, YA magical realism, and children's nonfiction.

Specializes in

FICTION: Literary Fiction, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, GLBT, History, Investigative Journalism, Juvenile, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Politics, Pop Culture, Psychology, Science, Technology, True Crime

Considers

FICTION: GLBT, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thrillers/Suspense

NONFICTION: Food & Lifestyle, Gift Books, Health & Fitness, Humor, Medical, Nature/Ecology, Self-Help, Travel

Posted by GrubStreet in Literary Agent